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Say hello to the ‘Hello Lamp Post!’ project, currently hitting the streets of Bristol. The project uses existing codes on public objects to make them more interactive and drive tourism to the city.
The project uses the fact that objects such as lamp posts, bollards, post boxes and bus stops are already marked with unique codes. Players can text the code to a special phone number in order to ‘start a conversation’ with it – and the messages use artificial intelligence technology to simulate human speech, whilst also revealing stories about the city. The project’s organisers hope the concept will make the public space more interactive and friendly, and attract new visitors too.
For the first time in history, New York’s iconic water tanks will be used as canvases for public art. Twelve feet high, thirteen feet in diameter and mostly made of redwood, the water tanks can be seen from almost every corner of the city.
Artists participating in the project will donate original works of art, which will be printed on vinyl material and installed on the tanks. Organisers hope the tanks will spark a global dialogue about the future of one of our most precious and endangered resources: water.
French record label Kitsuné has launched a series of Sound Graffiti listening stations across New York, promoting their new compilation. Users follow a social media-integrated map to find the stations, then plug in their headphones to enjoy the music.
Just like CNNCTD+ 100, a similar project that placed audio devices across New York, Kitsuné’s Sound Graffiti is another inventive way for people to discover and consume media within the city.
It’s a little-known fact that if you study the pavement in 95% of Japan’s 1,780 municipalities, you’ll find artistic manhole covers – unique to each city and town (great spot, Ollie in London).
With over 6,000 artworks to discover, the manhole covers have become part of the country’s national culture. In fact, spotting and photographing them has become a hobby for many – with books including ‘Drainspotting’ available to buy online, if you’re particularly interested! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Drainspotting-Japanese-Manhole-Remo-Camerota/dp/0982075472
Housed in a green military tent, the library at the Occupy Boston encampment in Dewey Square is overflowing with books without due dates. (Cheers Joe in Oz)
The growing collection includes more than 500 books sorted by genre – eg consumerism, gender, activism – and overseen by librarians supporting the movement, including some from the Boston Radical Reference Collective. The library has a simple checkout system, an expanding archive of Occupy Boston’s meeting notes and proposals and a nascent program of speakers and writing workshops.